New data

Highlights of updates across Compass' topic areas:


  • Residents of Duluth, Fargo-Moorhead, La Crosse, Rochester, and St. Cloud enjoy the best air quality of metros in the state, while residents of the Twin Cities metro typically have the fewest "good" Air Quality Index days.
  • Air quality has been on the decline in the Twin Cities metro area since 2013. Back then, 64 percent of days in the metro were rated as having "good" air quality, compared to 50 percent in 2016.
  • Of the 20 Minnesota counties that monitored air quality at least half the year in 2016, Cook County topped the list for share of days with "good" air quality. Mille Lacs, Beltrami, and Lake followed close behind. At the other end of the ranking list, Washington and Hennepin posted the smallest shares of "good" days.


  • Sixty-three percent of undergraduate students enrolled in Minnesota's four-year institutions graduate within six years. There has been an upward trend in the six-year graduation rate at Minnesota's four-year institutions over the last decade, with Minnesota gradually pulling away from the national graduation rate.
  • Half of students enrolled in Minnesota's two-year institutions graduate or transfer to another institution within three years. We've seen this rate decline in recent years, from 55 percent in 2011 to 50 percent in 2014.


This can be a somewhat volatile measure. For example, North Dakota, which experienced incredibly strong year-over-year job growth for several years, is now at the very bottom of the state ranking list.


Population projections

Health coverage


This represents a selection of data updated on the site. Click the links and use the gray breakdown bar to navigate to more new data in each topic area.

Updated June 2017

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Twin Cities 7-county region

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Featured trend

County older adult population growing
aging trend

County older adult population growing

Today, at least one in five residents is an older adult in 39 of Minnesota's 87 counties. It will be 59 counties by 2020 and 80 counties by 2030, according to projections. Counties in the Twin Cities 7-county region are expected to stay below the 20-percent-older-adults mark for the next few decades.

View topic: Aging.


The older adult population is large – and growing!

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